Roots of Tipping in the US Service Industry
Did you know that most wait staff employees make a very small base wage? That your tipping is their actual pay? This whack abusive system has some horrible roots, slavery.
Saru Jayaraman, co-founder and co-director of the Restaurant Opportunities Center United (ROC United) and director of the Food Labor Research Center at the University of California, Berkeley has discovered that,
The original workers that were not paid anything by their employers were newly freed slaves,” she tells Quartz. “This whole concept of not paying them anything and letting them live on tips carried over from slavery.
According to an article in Quartz magazine, “How American Tipping Grew Out of Racism,” the national minimum wage for restaurant workers (which is lower to take tips into account) hasn’t budged since it was set 20 years ago at $2.13 an hour.
Myths About Anarchism: government is chaos, anarchy is order
Great article on Infoshop about the Myths about Anarchism. In summary, general myths are:
- anarchism equals chaos
- anarchism is against organisation
- anarchism is a fusion of liberalism and socialism
- anarchism is individualism
- anarchism is just anti-state
- anarchism is utopian
Queers Supporting Palestine
I am proud that I was part of the action protesting the “A Wider Bridge” reception at Creating Change last month. The decision to participate was not difficult. Organizers made sure that it did not conflict with religious services and that we were protesting a reception designed to get more people to come to Israel. “A Wider Bridge is the pro-Israel organization that builds bridges between Israelis and LGBTQ North Americans and allies.” (AWB Website)
To be clear, I am against all states. I am especially against states that trap people in impossible living situations without water or electricity. In the US where people are living without drinkable water, like in Flint and Hoosick Falls, I call for FREEDOM; and in Palestine, where people live without access to daily needs such as healthcare, water, and electricity, I call for FREEDOM.
A little bit of queer history is in order. In the 1960s and 1970s in the United States, gay liberation movements grew out of other liberation struggles and were deeply intertwined with feminist and anti-racist movements. Queer movements challenged capitalism, racism and state power because gay lives were oppositional to mainstream society. However, over time, as some LGBTQ folks gained acceptance and gay activism became institutionalized, many LGBTQ organizations narrowed their focus to gaining inclusion into state institutions such as marriage and the military.
As a queer person, I am against capitalism, I support black lives, and I believe that supporting the freedom for the Palestinian people, and the freedom for all people, is part of our struggle.
Using LGBTQ people to make an apartheid state look “progressive” is not ok with me. I believe the same thing about the US. When I went to Uganda the people I met talked to me about how safe the US is for LGBTQ people. However, if you look at statistics, it seems like more trans women and LGBTQ people are assaulted killed in NYC then in Uganda. There is more social support in the US for sure, but safety?
Somerson goes on to say, “But many of us who share an intersectional analysis of power and oppression see LGBTQ identities as inextricably intertwined with race, gender, class, ethnicity and nationality. We want a movement that addresses all of our needs without leaving the most vulnerable queers behind. And no surprise: We are the very same people protesting Israel’s use of LGBTQ rights to cover up and justify Israeli apartheid.”
It is past time for us to stand up for freedom everywhere!
Teletubbies set to Joy Division
This is a great list of things to read. I’m chugging away at this list personally!
*justin does advocacy work on his own time and these are his words and beliefs not those of his employer(s).